Giorgio Chiellini has stated that Mario Balotelli deserved being slap for his attitude during Italy’s 2013 Confederations Cup campaign.
The Italians lost 4:2 to Brazil in the group stage of the competition and finished third and the veteran defender has pointed out that Balotelli made matters worse for the team during the defeat.
Italy boss Roberto Mancini has said that Balotelli can still play for Itay although he has made just 3 appearances in the last five years. In a chat with La Reppublica, Chiellini said:
“Balotelli is a negative person with no respect for the team,”
“In 2013, in the Confederations Cup against Brazil, he didn’t help us at all. He deserved a slap.
“Someone thinks he is among the top five players in the world, I never even thought that he could be in the top ten or twenty.”
Chiellini went on to take a swipe at former Juventus and Inter Milan midfielder Felipe Melo
“Felipe Melo is even worse: the worst of the worst. I can’t stand disrespectful people, those who always want to go against the grain. There was always a fight with him. I told the coaches: he’s a rotten apple.
“I don’t hold a grudge or care about it anymore, if I have to share something with them I will. I’m not everyone’s best friend but they are the only two who have gone beyond an acceptable limit.
“The problem isn’t whether you play well or badly or if you have an off day, but that you lack respect and have nothing inside. Once is alright, if it happens again it’s not.”